Some of the sounds of my local patch

Whilst out on my local patch yesterday morning I decided to take my new audio recorder with me, which I got for this exact reason. When walking around with my headphones plugged in I could hear the birds and other noises around me much louder and clearer. As I pressed the record button and tried to keep still to avoid interruptions as much as possible I really listened to all the calls I could hear. It was incredibly interesting. Although most were the usual robin, blue tit, blackbird etc it was just fascinating to really pay attention to how their call is projected as well as some other calls in the distance which I may not of heard if I were just walking through and not taking as much notice.

As I said, even though the calls weren’t anything too special, now I’ve got a bit of a bug for it, I hope to go out with this new bit of kit more often to see what else I can record. There’s no doubt that as Spring approaches I will get more opportunities to record the birds on my patch as they become more vocal, and as I get more used to using the recorder!

Even though I didn’t exactly get the dawn chorus when walking about, when I was editing I decided to sync all the clips I got together which has come out a lot better then I thought it would. In fact, it sounds amazing!



Merry Christmas!

It would be rude of me to miss wishing all my wonderful followers a Merry Christmas!

It’s been a really exciting year with lots going on, some more positive than other. On Christmas Eve and Day last year I decided to go, as I normally would, for a walk on one of my local patches for an hour or so. I don’t think it’s something everyone would consider as it’s that idea of staying at home with family, food, presents etc on the big days. But going for a walk was a great way to escape from the hustle and bustle. As well as this, it was so quiet. Hardly a soul about.

Thinking about it, nature is a big part of Christmas time. The robins on our Christmas cards, the trees in our homes, the evergreen wreaths of ivy and holly, how we rely on the weather to bring us that Christmas spirit and also most of the verses in The Twelve Days of Christmas; partridges, turtle doves, calling birds and swimming swans.

I’m really looking forward to 2016 after meeting so many brilliant people this year who have inspired me, given me superb opportunities, advice and so much more.

Merry Christmas and, if I don’t get the chance to do a blog before, Happy New Year!

Garden occurrences

Over the past few weeks, mock exam revision has got me down a bit so one thing I’ve resorted to has been my garden. A place which is literally right outside the window and buzzing with all sorts!

The hedgehogs have now gone into hibernation and the fox hasn’t been back yet (not giving up though!) but the gardens birds have been as active as ever. Watching them for 10 minutes in the morning may make me slightly late for sixth form but it always kicks starts my day. In fact, we had a redpoll in the garden this morning which was obviously a pleasant surprise!

As I said, it always starts my day off on the right foot as well as being a place I can simply go and retreat to when everything’s getting a bit tough. I think sometimes we do take the wildlife in our gardens for granted, I’ll admit I’ve been guilty for that but when I simply pause and watch, it’s just brilliant, and I’ve blogged about it many times!

A few weeks back I had Alys Fowler come and visit my garden here in Lichfield to record part of a podcast for the Guardian’s Sow Grow Repeat. We also had a trip up to my local church yard which is another fantastic, but quirky, place to enjoy the wildlife, whatever time of the year!

You can have a listen here –